Meet Your Guide: Alan of Central Otago Safaris & Tours


Your host, Alan, is the driving force behind Central Otago Safaris & Tours, bringing a wealth of experience and passion to your exploration of this breathtaking region. With a former identity as Rock & Tussock Safaris, Alan has been at the helm, ensuring unforgettable experiences for guests.

In his spare time, Alan is not just your guide; he’s an avid fisherman with over 40 years of expertise. His love for fishing extends beyond a hobby—it’s a testament to his deep connection with the outdoors and the pristine lakes and rivers of Central Otago.

Formerly farmers, Alan and his wife Trish, take pleasure in meeting new people and sharing their appreciation for nature. Whether it’s walking, cycling, golfing, or fishing, they embrace the diverse activities that Central Otago has to offer.

Central Otago Safaris & Tours operates a 4-wheel-drive safari business, designed for those seeking to traverse the rugged high country. Venture onto backcountry roads to witness spectacular scenery, diverse flora, and delve into the rich history of early New Zealand.

When asked about his favourite place to ride, Alan enthusiastically points to the Otago Central Rail Trail. His passion lies in exploring off-trail adventures, reaching into the hills and mountains for fishing, mountain biking, and sightseeing. For Alan, the trail offers not just a ride but a gateway to the untamed beauty of Central Otago’s high country.

Join Alan and Central Otago Safaris & Tours for an immersive journey where each moment is guided by decades of experience, a love for the land, and a genuine desire to create unforgettable memories for every visitor.